False beliefs are always more powerful than truth. In the South, questioning beliefs can have dire consequences.
Getting tossed out the United Daughters of Confederacy meeting is just the start of troubles for feisty young reporter Betsy McCall. In a place where rebel flags and confederate statues are revered, Betsy defiantly challenges these beliefs. She wants a newspaper deskmate to tell her the truth about her aunt’s murder, but he’s drowning his demons in alcohol. As she struggles to get him sober, he reveals the tactics, lies, and manipulation that plagued a small southern town for decades and infected the beliefs of generations to preserve white supremacy over Blacks and poor whites. This story intertwines factual events stretching from the Civil War to the Great Depression. It provides background for how our democracy is at risk today because America is still plagued by bad beliefs.
“This book has a number of themes that help you understand the culture of South Carolina and former Confederate states. Using a central character, it explains how powerful people controlled workers in the appallingly conditions of post-civil war cotton mills. These families manipulated state politicians, banks, the sheriff etc. to maintain power and racially divide the worker…. A really well researched masterpiece…” – Allan D., NetGalley
“…It was a totally engrossing read. The characters, both likeable and vile leap off the pages. The maliciousness, pettiness and hatred that permeated so much of our history our history was truly astonishing. I find myself thinking about this book many times since I finished it. I recommend it highly.” – Elaine Esan, Goodreads